How Long Does it Take for Acne Scars to Fade?
Mild acne can leave some dark (pigmented) spots that can fade over time, especially with topical products like salicylic acid. Raised or indented acne scars form because of how the skin heals in response to acne, and topical treatments are not very effective.
Topical treatments will not treat significant pigmentation issues, either. Fortunately, acne scars can be treated with various methods that can provide significant improvement.
How are Acne Scars Treated?
Lasers and other acne scar treatments can dramatically improve the evenness and smoothness of your skin. Treatment requires a customized plan targeted toward your type and distribution of scars.
Fraxel® Laser for Acne Scars
If you have small, shallow acne scars, this laser treatment can help. Fraxel® uses pulses of laser energy that create microscopic zones of tissue coagulation in the skin. The cells around these areas of damage respond with a powerful healing response that increases dermal collagen and smooths skin texture.
Deep Fx™ CO2 Laser for Acne Scars
If you have larger or deeper scars, we may recommend this powerful CO2 laser. It penetrates deeply enough to remove scar tissue and trigger skin rejuvenation that replaces scars with a smoother, more even surface. Although this treatment has more downtime than a less powerful laser, it can reach deeper scar tissue.
Other Acne Scar Treatments
Individual sunken scars can be treated by injections of a dermal filler. Dr. Langdon can also remove some individual scars by excising them and replacing them with smaller, less visible ones. Small but deep scars are efffectively treated with TCA-CROSS, in which a strong acid is applied and actually dissolves scar tissue. Treatments like microneedling can resurface the skin and smooth out minor acne scars.